Touring Motorcycles we would like to have in India

  • RideIndia
  • April 1, 2013 10:36 pm
  • News

Probably since a decade or more, Motorcycle touring has found its firm roots within a segment of Indian population. The paradigm gradually shifted from people using 100cc motorcycles giving a whopping 80 kms/ltr to 350cc motorcycles reaching a mileage of 40-45 kms/ltr. Still, this was a situation around couple of years back. Today, people are even ready to shell out bigger chunk of their income for two-wheelers that can provide long touring comfort to attain their so called “hobby” or “riding passion”. Such a segment have accepted  to compromise on factors like fuel efficiencyand price, provided the motorcycle is giving great riding comfort, bigger engine and some gizmos to play around with. Motorcycle touring is already an established concept in the developed countries. Be thankful to companies like BSA, HD, Indian& Triumph who in initial stages developed this market that encouraged people to shift their focus from doing family drives in a Station wagon to riding on a motorcycle and attending that much required solace from personal and professional life. Needless to say, the Japanese, British & German contenders had to shift their focus in building more powerful and comfortable motorcycles for this segment.

In this article we present a wish list of some of the best touring two-wheelers that we would probably see soon in the Indian market. To keep the wish list more realistic we have kept the Giants like Honda Goldwing or Harley Davidson Street Glide as outliers. What we have here is a list of touring machines that are grand yet not so heavy on the pocket (comparatively).

BMW F800GT – Grand Tourer

The dynamically designed F800GT offers impressive performance on every tour – whether plain tarmac,mountain terrain or endless highways. A twist of the throttle delivers 90 horsepowerand ensures that you really can leave everyday routine behind you with that wind on your face.

The water-cooled 2-cylinder in-line engine with a capacity of 798 cc offers remarkable dynamic performance on every trip, achieving supreme power delivery through its low-maintenance toothed-belt drive.

A longer rear-wheel swinging arm and tighter suspension ensure a high level of ride stability, guaranteeing superb riding impressions. This sturdy riding fun also offers perfect control and comfort. In the F800GT, this is taken care of by the suspension and three different seat heights which provide just the right ergonomics for each individual rider. What is more, the optionally available ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) can be used to adjust the rear rebound-stage damping to road conditions at the press of a button.

Clear lines and a perfectly adjusted touring windshield instantly promise pure riding pleasure.  Safety is the best travel companion. For this reason, the GT supports every brake manoeuvre as standard with dual-channel ABS – the most sophisticated system in a mid-range motorcycle. For those looking for an even higher level of safety, assistance is provided by the optionally available ASC. So now it’s just a question of get up and go! There’s nothing to stop you setting off on an unforgettable journey.

 

HONDA CTX700 – Comfort, Touring, Xperience

Talk about a bike that can do it all. Honda’s new 2014 CTX700 is a new dream machine. Part of the new CTX series, the CTX700 offers the comfort and weather protection of a full fairing, as well as a laid-back riding position with more forward-set hand controls and footpegs. A full range of Honda Genuine Accessories lets you set it up with saddlebags, backrests, and just about any other touring- or comfort-related feature you could ever want. Best of all, you can get the new CTX700 in two versions: one with a conventional six-speed manual transmission, and one equipped with unique automatic transmission, the revolutionary Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).

The CTX700 offers an automatic transmission and ABS version. With the DCT automatic transmission, you can shift with the push of a handlebar-mounted button, or select the automatic mode and the bike will shift itself. Plus, you get Anti-Lock Brakes for improved stopping in less than ideal conditions.With its relaxed riding position, the new CTX700 allows you to settle down into the bike a bit more, and get to stretch out more, too. The up-front pegs and low seat make it easy to put your feet down at stoplights, too.The CTX700’s 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine produces tons of torque and enough power for easy two-up touring. Honda twins are famous for their wide powerbands and fuel efficiency, and this new engine is one of Honda’s best. The CTX700 is a bike you’ll want to ride every day, not just on weekends. That’s why Honda went out of their way to design in user-friendly features like the integrated storage—perfect for items you need to access quickly.

With its new full-coverage fairing and windscreen, the CTX700 lets you enjoy long trips in comfort. But that fairing is a great choice for commuters on chilly mornings too—this is a bike that can really do it all.A wide array of accessories designed specifically for the CTX700 are available to help you get what you want out of your new ride. Saddlebags and backrests are a natural choice for the touring rider, but Honda has a lot more to offer!

 

SUZUKIV-Storm 1000 – Raw Power

If you’re looking for an unforgettable sport-adventure, there’s no better machine than the new V-Strom 1000 Adventure. With sleek side and top cases that are large enough to hold a full coverage helmet, it takes versatility to a new level. It boasts the same exceptional performance as the original V-Strom 1000, with a Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine tuned for incredible low-end and mid-range torque. It also has a lightweight chassis and advanced suspension to provide crisp handling even on tight back roads. When you reach the open highway, the V-Strom 1000 Adventure excels. Its smooth engine performance, aerodynamic windshield and ergonomic riding position make it one of the finest sport-touring machines available. With the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Adventure, Sport-adventure is yours for the taking. Its 996cc Liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead cams and oil provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torque for exhilarating performance.Advanced digital engine management system featuring Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV), delivers optimum combustion efficiency for linear response, fuel economy and superior low-end torque along with low emissions.Auto Fast Idling System (AFIS) automatically sets throttle valve opening during cold engine starts by monitoring coolant temperature.Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with sixth gear overdrive features a hydraulic clutch for light pull at the lever improving rider comfort.

TRIUMPHTrophy – Style, Power & Utility

Designed with obsessive attention to detail, the 1215cc 3-cylinder shaft drive Trophy gives you the torque, performance and handling for a sublime riding experience. Choose either the Trophy or the Trophy SE with the addition of electronically adjustable suspension and a sophisticated audio system.

Whatever the distance, you’ll cover it in style and comfort; the generous, luxury seats and ergonomically designed riding position mean the miles melt away barely noticed.The road becomes part of the bike, the bike part of you. The journey is not the way to where you want to go; it’s where you want to be. Fine-tuned for the smoothest ride possible, the thrilling 1215cc 3-cylinder engine gives you power and torque when you want it and exhilaration when you need it. The beating heart of the machine, this spirited engine delivers excitement on demand; no need to wait for the revs to rise or be forced to kick down a gear at the wrong time. You’ll feel it and you’ll hear it as the infamous triumph triple delivers its inimitable, spine tingling sound. Ride-by-wire electronic throttle system, clear, easy to use control panel and, on the trophy Se, electronically adjustable suspension, makes it simple to set and make adjustments to suit your exact preferences. So no matter how far you travel, you’ll go the distance confidently and comfortably. On the trophy, you’ll never hesitate to ride past the last streetlight on the edge of town. The trophy SE’s windscreen isn’t just designed to protect you from wind and rain at all speeds. It’s cleverer than that; it actually remembers its last position. So, when you start the bike, you don’t have to waste time readjusting it. Even the mirrors and foot positions have been intelligently designed to protect your hands and feet, keeping them dry and comfortable.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Great Blog. I have also been working on a set of niche blogs myself. I also have a few personal blogs I update as well!

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  3. Nice article. You’re very right – these are the bikes India needs urgently!!


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